Invasive Hardy Kiwi: An Emerging Invasive in the Northeastern United States

Hardy kiwi handbook

Description: The genus Actinidia is well known for producing the delicious green kiwifruit common to fruit salads. There are approximately 80 species of Actinidia in the world, with some grown for their berries and others prized for their ornamental vines. Recently, hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta) is gaining attention as an invasive plant in the United States.

Hardy kiwi’s tenacious growth and resilience to low temperatures have allowed it to take over wooded areas and have a negative impact on habitat, biodiversity and resilience, and trail use. This woody vine has quickly gained momentum in Berkshire County, MA, and in and around Long Island, New York.

Compiled by: Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) with Elizabeth Orenstein, Monica Conlin, and Lisa Levine

Publication date: Februrary 2019

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